Following a second incident involving personnel of the Counter Insurgency Force (CIF) and Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) within a week,a camp of the CIF at Salua near Kharagpur was shifted to Midnapore in a midnight operation on Thursday.
Both incidents allegedly involved molestation of relatives of EFR personnel by CIF men. The situation got very serious last night with the EFR personnel and State Armed Police men trying to prevent them from entering CIF barracks almost opening fire at each other.
At least 20 policemen were injured,including Circle inspector and SDPO,Kharagpur,in the protests.
EFR personnel alleged that the State Armed Police dealt with protesters with excessive force.
Marina Sherpa,the wife of an EFR personnel,said: I am three months pregnant and my husband is in Purulia. I went to sympathise with the (molestation) victim,when I was beaten up mercilessly by the police.
While an inquiry has been ordered,according to sources,at the heart of the tension between the EFR and CIF is the disparity between the two forces of the state police in service conditions and special allowances. The CIF is perceived to enjoy better renumeration.